Jesse Marsch: “We are going to have some fun” – Can see Caden Clark’s “energy”

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Introduced at RB Leipzig 

“We are going to have some fun,” Jesse Marsch said at RB Leipzig‘s international presentation on Tuesday. Tranfermarkt took part at the roundtable organized for international media, the 47-year-old American spoke about his ambitions with RB Leipzig, building on Julian Nagelsmann, carrying the burden of being an American coach in the Bundesliga, new signings André Silva and Caden Clark, and working with  Brenden Aaronson at Red Bull Salzburg

“I just try to show up to work every day, do my job the best that I can, represent the team and the players that are in the clubs that I work for,” Marsch said when asked about carrying the American flag to the Bundesliga. For the former US men’s national team player, the move to Leipzig represents the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition that started when he took over New York Red Bulls in 2015. 

Marsch has slowly worked his way up from New York Red Bulls to assistant coach under Ralf Rangnick at RB Leipzig and then at Red Bull Salzburg. In Austria, Marsch experienced significant opposition when he first took over, but two league titles and Austrian cups speak for themselves. 

Marsch “wants to bring the best out of players” – Biggest respect for Nagelsmann

Heading to Leipzig, however, will represent the biggest challenge in Marsch’s career. The 47-year-old is tasked to take over from Julian Nagelsmann and develop a side that finished second in the Bundesliga last season. 

Officially, Leipzig are reluctant to openly challenge Bayern Munich for the title. “We need to be bodenständig as they say in German, you know, rooted to the ground,” Marsch said. Instead, the goal is to once again qualify for the Champions League.

Szoboszlai, Keïta & Co.: These players moved from Salzburg to Leipzig

From Salzburg to Leipzig…

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Since 2010, a total of 18 players moved from Red Bull Salzburg to RB Leipzig. The German Bundesliga club paid a total of €119.55 million in transfer fees. Have a look at all transfers!

Thomas Dähne (age at the time: 20) – 01/07/2014 (free transfer) – market value at the time: €250K

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Nils Quaschner (21) – 01/07/2015 (free transfer) – MV at the time: €500K

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Rodnei (29) – 01/02/2015 (free transfer) – MV at the time: €750K

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Stefan Hierländer (23) – 01/07/2014 (free transfer) – MV at the time: €800K

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Georg Teigl (22) – 14/01/2014 (free transfer) – MV at the time: €800K

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Roman Wallner (29) – 30/01/2012 (free transfer) – MV at the time: €1M

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Yordy Reyna (21) – 29/01/2015 on loan – MV at the time: €1.25M

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Benno Schmitz (21) – 01/07/2016 for €800K – MV at the time: €900K

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Stefan Ilsanker (26) – 01/07/2015 for €3M – MV at the time: €1.5M

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Péter Gulácsi (25) – 01/07/2015 for €3M – MV at the time: €1.75M

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Bernardo (21) – 28/08/2016 for €6M – MV at the time: €1M

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Konrad Laimer (20) – 01/07/2017 for €7M – MV at the time: €8M

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Hee-chan Hwang (24) – 15/07/2020 for €9M – MV at the time: €10M

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Dayot Upamecano (18) – 13/01/2017 for €10M – MV at the time: €5M

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Hannes Wolf (20) – 01/07/2019 for €12M – MV at the time: €12M

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Amadou Haidara (20) – 01/01/2019 for €19M – MV at the time: €20M

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Dominik Szoboszlai (20) – 01/01/2021 for €20M – MV at the time: €25M

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Naby Keïta (21) – 01/07/2016 for €29.75M – MV at the time: €11M

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“My main goal is to bring out the best [in my players] as people first, encourage them to give everything they have to each other in the right way,” Marsch said when asked about his goals with the club, stressing that he is working with a group of highly talented players. 

“We want to create an environment that maximizes the potential of every player,” Marsch said. “Living in the moment has been a key to my success, and I will do the same here … It is an amazing opportunity to coach this team in this city.” 

Jesse Marsch won two league and cup titles with RB Salzburg in Austria

As for Nagelsmann? “I have a lot of respect for Julian and what he accomplished here in two years,” Marsch said. “We will certainly try to use the things that that, that made the team, and some of the players successful on the pitch, but I think it’s also really important for me to just be myself and now use the things that I think are important to the type of football that I think we can be successful with.”

Some of the things that Marsch will incorporate are Nagelmann’s tendencies to rotate his players with the ball, forcing them to be dynamic and playing from a backline. “There were certain things that I thought were interesting,” Marsch said.

Marsch wants to play attacking football – André Silva key 

Where he will differ from Nagelsmann will be in his attacking philosophy. At one point, Marsch points out that Leipzig struggled to score goals last season. One player that will help with this problem is new signing André Silva from Eintracht Frankfurt; the Portuguese striker will, without a doubt, become a key player, who Marsch described as the perfect player for his system.  

“I think we will alter compared to how things were played the last two years is that we will be very aggressive,” Marsch said. “We will be aggressive to win balls in the attacking part of the field and will be aggressive in turnovers and convert those turnovers into goals and into big chances, and we believe with a guy like André Silva that he can definitely help; us do that.”

Another player that Marsch hopes will help with Marsch’s attack is New York Red Bulls star, Caden Clark. The 18-year-old will join RB Leipzig from the New York Red Bulls in January. 

Keïta, Silva, Werner & Co.: RB Leipzig’s biggest transfers

Hannes Wolf signed 2019/20 from RB Salzburg – Fee: €12M

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Marcelo Saracchi signed 2018/19 from River Plate – Fee €12M

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Christopher Nkunku signed 2019/20 von PSG – Fee: €13M

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Matheus Cunha signed 2018/19 from FC Sion – Fee: €15M

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Bruma signed 2017/18 from Galatasaray – Fee: €15M

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Benjamin Henrichs signed 2021/22 from AS Monaco – Fee: €15M

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Mohamed Simakan signed 2021/22 from Racing Srasbourg – Fee: €15M

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Oliver Burke signed 2016/17 from Nottingham – Fee: €15.2M

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Josko Gvardiol signed 2021/20 from Zagreb – Fee: €16M

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Jean-Kévin Augustin signed 2017/18 from PSG – Fee: €16M

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Nordi Mukiele signed 2018/19 from Montpellier – Fee: €16M

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Ademola Lookman signed 2019/20 from Everton – Fee: €18M

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Angeliño signed 2021/22 from Manchester City – Fee: €18M

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Josko Gvardiol signed 2020/21 from Dinamo Zagreb – €18.8M

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Amadou Haidara signed 2018/19 from RB Salzburg – Fee: €19M

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Kevin Kampl signed 2017/18 from Bayer 04 – Fee: €20M

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Alexander Sørloth signed 2020/21 from Crystal Palace – Fee: €20M

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Dominik Szoboszlai signed 2020/21 from Red Bull Salzburg – Fee: €20M

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Dani Olmo signed 2019/20 from Dinamo Zagreb – Fee: €22M

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Timo Werner signed 2016/17 from VfB – Fee: €22M

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André Silva signed 2021/22 from Eintracht Frankfurt – Fee: €23M

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Naby Keïta signed 2016/17 from RB Salzburg – Fee: €29.75M

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“Caden can play football the way we want,” Marsch said. “You can see his energy, and he has confidence, and he has self-belief, and it’s it’s borderline cockiness, but it’s also rooted in just confidence and who he is and what he’s about. So that for me is always the best starting point like I can even remember meeting Tyler Adams when he was 15 years old and being like, okay well, we have something here.”

Another player that has appeared on Leipzig’s radar is Aaronson. The young American quickly adapted to life in Europe and had an outstanding first half-season with Salzburg leading to rumors that Marsch could bring him to Leipzig. 

Marsch, however, laughed at that suggestion. “You know there are about 15 players from Salzburg that I would like in Leipzig,” Marsch said, pointing out that he does not want to create any rumors. 

“Brenden was another young man that when I first talked to him, I could see the energy in his personality and so when he came to Salzburg, it was a big adjustment right the speed of play the the the level of training,” Marsch said. “You know the expectations that we have for players, but he adapted so quickly, and the more information we gave him, the more hungry he was for us to give them even more.”

Finally, Marsch is looking forward to having fans back in the ground. “When it comes to the fans, the Bundesliga is like no other,” Marsch said, pointing out the away fixture against Borussia Dortmund as the game he is looking forward to the most. 

“In England, they have a lot of pride in their fan culture, but I think it’s so special here in Germany because the difference in what the clubs are the history of the clubs, the difference in the fan bases, what that means to the culture of the club and the teams in the city,” Marsch said. “It’s amazing, and it’s the thing I loved the most about being here.”

Pulisic, Reyna, Aaronson & Co.: The 25 Most Valuable USMNT Players

25 Mark McKenzie | €4 million | KRC Genk

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24 Efrain Álvarez | €4 million | Los Angeles Galaxy

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23 Konrad de la Fuente | €4 million | Barcelona

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22 Gianluca Busio | €4 million | Sporting Kansas

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21 Matthew Hoppe | €4.5 million | Schalke

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20 Jordan Siebatcheu | €5 million | Young Boys

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19 DeAndre Yedlin | €5 million | Galatasaray

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18 Cristian Roldán | €5 million | Seattle Sounders

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17 Jordan Morris | €5 million | Seattle Sounders

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16 Daryl Dike | €5 million | Orlando City

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15 Cole Bassett | €5 million | Colorado Rapids

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14 Zack Steffen | €6 million | Manchester City

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13 Bryan Reynolds | €6 million | Roma

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12 Antonee Robinson | €7 million | Fulham

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11 Chris Richards | €7.5 milion | Hoffenheim (on loan from Bayern Munich)

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10 Josh Sargent | €8 million | Werder Bremen

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9 Brenden Aaronson | €10 million | Red Bull Salzburg

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8 Timothy Weah | €12 million | LOSC Lille

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7 John Anthony Brooks | €14 million | Wolfsburg

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6 Yunus Musah | €15 million | Valencia

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5 Tyler Adams | €20 million | RB Leipzig

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4 Weston McKennie | €25 million | Juventus

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3 Sergiño Dest | €30 million | Barcelona

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2 Giovanni Reyna | €38 million | Borussia Dortmund

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1 Christian Pulisic | €50 million | Chelsea

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